A visitor, Prana Bar review and long term goal

01 Jul

I had a super bad stomach cramps last night after I finished my post and again now I am feeling it. The closest description I could come up is having your guts being squeezed and twisted…ouch..not to mention I’ve been feeling bloated and cramps for the whole afternoon, partly because of the “monthly thing”. Don’t you “love” your loyal monthly visitor, ladies?

Anyway, my P90X workout this morning was like blah…scoring from 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best) I’d give it 4. I even skipped the other abs workout that I usually do after the main one done, but today that just didn’t happen. This got me into thinking about all my workout routine for the past 6 months. More on this later. Now onto my munchies of the day:

For post workout/first breakfast, I had this super creamy oats in homemade plain almond milk with Prana Bar Apricot Goji

That bar by itself was at least 220 calories, plus the almond milk and oats roughly about 300 something calories? I’m not trying to count calories here, just want to give rough estimate. I was so wasted after the workout, really had not much energy and I felt I just had to load my oats with something a bit more dense. But this didn’t sustain that long either.

About 1 hour later, after I got to the office, I toasted 2 slices of Rudi’s Organic Bakery Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread, topped with super chunk pb.

I love this honey whole wheat ones. It tasted pretty fluffy though not as fluffy as white bread but still good. It had a hint of honey taste but not overpowering. I even ate this bread plain before, no pb, no butter, no jam, not toasted. Just plain and still good! But for today, I need some solid (second) breakfast, so I topped the slices generously with chunky pb. Yumm…so delicious.

Late morning snack: yogurt with mixture of Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Kashi Go Lean Cereal and some Cheerios.

this was already half eaten

Lunch: whatever left over from last night dinner: edamame, broccoli, yams (no pic) and first fruit serving (similar as yesterday’s fruit combos).

Afternoon snack: second fruit combo – strawberries and Prana Bar Apple Pie.

This bar was pretty good, not as dense and gummy as the other ones that I tried before. It had a slight cinnamon taste, and some bits of dried apples here and there and of course the nuts. It tasted pretty sweet, after I had it I drank at least 1-2 12 oz water. It was ok, not quite my favorite but good enough to sustain my hunger. Seriously, the strawberries weren’t enough.

So you think that bar will hold my hunger until dinner? Not really. Even though my brother was kind enough to boil bok choy and made steamed whole fish, I still had to wait for my brown rice to cook. Can’t eat steamed fish without rice!

bok choy

steamed whole fish

roasted duck - didn't have any

Some almonds afterwards and those are pretty much what I had for today.

As I am writing this post, I am still having some kind of “hunger” feeling that I still want to eat something, but dunno what. I don’t really feel quite hungry, just a feel want to munch something. My stomach isn’t cramping anymore, thanks to warm water + honey that I drank earlier, but still kind of bloated. I feel I ate quite a lot today, but don’t get me wrong, I am not feeling guilty or things like that. It’s just today I just constantly feeling hungry or wanting to munch something. Good thing I wasn’t craving for bad stuff like fries or anything like that.
But given to my not so good workout performance this morning, I was a bit confused. On the days I was so in my best performance, I didn’t have this kind of thing.

I am thinking of gaining some weight and I’m talking about muscle weight. I am not trying to bulk up or anything like that, but more lean muscles.

round 1 p90X

this is the most recent picture of me - day 30 of second round p90x

day 30 round 2 p90X- flexed

As you can see, I didn’t see much difference from round 1 and round 2, except perhaps maybe around my midsection area? But my arms and shoulders are SO THIN! However, I do have my problem area = lower belly. Though my upper part was flat (hell I am super flat chested- kinda embarrassing). I am thinking to increase my calorie intake. How exactly am I going to do it? I’ll eat more complex carbohydrates (brown rice, whole wheat bread, some noodles and pasta here and there in moderation) , more protein intake (fish, chicken, yogurt and maybe some red meat once in a while), healthy fat (nuts?) and as usual tons of fruits! It won’t be much different from what I’ve been having so far, but I’ll increase the portion size. One problem is, when I gain weight, usually ALWAYS show up at my lower belly area!! My plan for that? I’ll add more intensity of my ab workout, plus cardio and weight lifting. This will be my long term goal, even I’m done with my second round of P90X, which is by the end of this month.

Sorry for the super long post, but this is what I’ve been thinking for the whole day today.
Question of the day for ladies: Does your “loyal monthly visitor” affect your workout performance? As you can see, it does to me.

PS: I had a slice of another honey whole wheat toast with chunky pb and my “hunger” feel slowly disappeared!

Good nite!


Posted by on July 1, 2010 in food, health


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7 responses to “A visitor, Prana Bar review and long term goal

  1. sagojyou

    July 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Fun post! Great getting to know you!

    The montly visitor doesn’t affect my performance, but it definetely affects my mood! (I can get reaaaaally pissy then!!) Funny thing is, that if it does affect my proformance, for some strange reason, it motivates me to do more/better!! 😀 Maybe the mad girlness is kicking in or something! XD

    For healthy fats, nuts are good, and so are avocadoes! I don’t really like them (because nuts and avocadoes are both hard on my digestive system), but if it’s not, it’s one of the healthiest fats you can get!

    And girl! You have a lot of courage to put those pictures on your blog! I would be waaaaaay too shy to do that!


  2. Ameena

    July 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I don’t get my monthly visitor anymore – haven’t for about 3 years now. I am a mystery to the doctors…but since I don’t plan on having any more kids I am frankly overjoyed!

    You look fantastic and perfect to me! And you are one brave girl for putting those pictures of you on your blog…I wish I were as confident!

  3. traynharder23

    July 2, 2010 at 8:03 am

    yes i’m with my monthly visitor and it makes me SOOO FATIGUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    July 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    thanks for your great comments lately!

    period, yes, feel more sluggish working out the week beforehand

    upping your cals? If you continue to lift and/or train, yes, those cals will be converted to muscle and if you’re trying to gain muscle, there ya go!

    lower abs? lots of plank holds and moves where you need to lift your legs up and down targeting the lower, not upper, abs

  5. jqlee

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Hey girl, I think it’s a good idea for you to eat more if you really do want to build muscles. I was reading in a book today (its a fitness book) that you really do need extra calories to build muscles. Good luck!! I think you’re on the right path.


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